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Dartmouth sociology professor says we’ve been conditioned to love fall

Too soon?

(Brett Critchley/Dreamstime/TNS)

Kathryn Lively told the Huffington Post that we humans are “conditioned from a very early age that the autumn comes with all these exciting things. As children, we come to associate fall with going back to school, new school supplies, seeing friends. It’s exciting, for most. We still respond to this pattern that we experienced for eighteen years.”

It may not feel like fall right now, and tomorrow’s not gonna be much different, but the National Weather Service mercifully reports that “much cooler air” will arrive shortly after that, so I’m sure we’ll all be super basic by the end of the week.

Read about our autumnal obsession and the science that Lively says drives us at the HuffPo piece.

Upper Valley Ambulance offers welfare checks for folks at risk during high heat

Clay Odell, executive director of Upper Valley Ambulance, posted the following on the listserve:

Tuesday and Wednesday this week are forecast to be very hot and humid. These conditions can be particularly dangerous for elders. Upper Valley Ambulance is offering to make home visits to check in on the welfare of at-risk individuals during this period. This is only for folks who live in the communities covered by Upper Valley Ambulance, and there is no charge for the service. If you or a loved one can benefit from this over the next couple of days, please email info@uppervalleyambulance.com or call 802-333-4043 extension 102.

Upper Valley Ambulance’s coverage area in New Hampshire is Orford and Piermont. In Vermont, it’s Bradford, Corinth, Fairlee, Strafford, Thetford, Vershire and West Fairlee.

High temps prompt Lebanon officials to announce public cooling areas

Sitting here in the A/C, it’s easy for me to forget that it’s very not cold outside.

I was reminded of the temps when the Lebanon Fire Department put out a news release about cooling areas.

These locations will be open for the public to beat the heat, today through Friday:

Lynn Kelley, of Quechee, left, and Rodney Eldred, of Tunbridge, right, at the Kilton Library on Sept. 10, 2015. (Valley News – James M. Patterson) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Lebanon residents will also have free access to the Lebanon Pool from Tuesday through Friday, according to the news release.

They will be required to show ID as proof of residence.

Monday through Saturday:
Adult Lap Swim (Ages 18+): Noon to 1 p.m.
Open Swim (All Ages): 1 p.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Family Swim and Adults: 4:10 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Ages 13 and under must have adult supervision during Family Swim.

Last but not least, Lebanon fire officials reminded folks that “anyone requiring immediate assistance or suffering a heat emergency should call 911 immediately,” and information on staying safe in the heat can be found at https://lebanonnh.gov/381/Summer-Safety.

Lebanon announces cooling areas; plus see our list of heat precautions and map of swimming holes

Jovani Coutermarsh, 3, of Lebanon, left, gives his sister, Giana, 7, and dad, Ty, pretend swimming instructions at Lebanon Memorial Pool on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 in Lebanon, N.H. Ty jumped into the pool after Giana and Jovani successfully coaxed him into the water. (Valley News – Jovelle Tamayo) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Lebanon officials have announced cooling areas that will be open today, Tuesday and Thursday. City residents will also get free access to the Lebanon pool.

Via LebAlert:

Due to the extreme weather conditions the following facilities will be open to the public as cooling areas for July 2, 3 & 5, 2018.


9 East Park Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Hours – 10AM-8PM


80 Main Street
West Lebanon, NH 03784
Hours – 10AM-8PM


10 Campbell Street
Lebanon, NH 03766
Hours – 8AM – 3PM


In addition to the above Lebanon Residents will be provide FREE access to the Lebanon Pool from July 2 – 5, 2018. Pool hours are 12PM – 7PM. Residents will be required to present identification as proof of residency.


Anyone requiring immediate assistance or suffering a heat emergency should call 911 immediately. Information on staying safe in the heat can be found at: https://lebanonnh.gov/381/Summer-Safety.


For further information please contact Chief Chris Christopoulos, Jr. at 603-448-8810.



Lebanon Pool Hours as follows: Monday – Saturday:
Adult Lap Swim (Ages 18+): Noon – 1 pm
Open Swim (All Ages): 1 pm – 3:50 pm
Family Swim and Adults: 4:10 pm – 7 pm
Ages 13 and under must have adult supervision during
Family Swim

(Speaking of pools, I continue to see questions on Facebook about the shuttered public pool in White River Junction, so here is another reminder Hartford is looking for your opinion on what to do with the Sherman Manning Pools.)

Read the Valley News’ Saturday story about the heat wave.

It includes this list of precautions to protect yourself from the heat:

  • Wear sunscreen and loose, lightweight, light-colored clothing to help keep cool.
  • Avoid leaving children, seniors, pets or people with health conditions in a parked vehicle.
  • Stick to cool places like basements or air-conditioned rooms. Those without such spaces at home can go to an air-conditioned public building, such as a public library or shopping mall.
  • Drink more water than usual, even before thirst hits. Avoid alcoholic or caffeinated beverages.
  • Periodically swim, play under a sprinkler or take a cool shower.
  • Reduce outdoor work and exercise, and limit it to the cooler parts of the day.
  • Ask for help in the case of illness.

The Hanover dispatch Facebook page also shared this helpful graphic from the National Weather Service over the weekend.

And, last but not least, our list of Upper Valley swimming holes is included in this year’s summer guide. I dug out this map from a couple years ago and created a new version, in case you’re into that kind of thing!